pot de joie: a lotion recipe

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In French, it means “pot of joy,” because that’s what this little pot of lotion is.

You see, one day I realized that I could mix up all the most indulgent parts of my soap into an ultra-rich, buttery lotion.

The winter passed with no dry skin at all, co-workers begged and borrowed dabs of the stuff and I am hooked forever.

So for you, a tutorial. Here are the steps to making the Best Lotion Ever, otherwise known as Pot de Joie whipped shea skin butter:

1. Combine your choice of plant oils and butters. You’re going to melt them down, so you can either use a crockpot or a pot on the stove. We use shea butter, cocoa butter, olive oil and argan oil.

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2. Add herbs for infusion. We use lavender, chamomile and calendula, all soothing flowers that help restore damaged skin. We also add a splash of lemon and lavender essential oils so it smells nice and yummy.

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3. Melt it down and stir it up. Let the herbs infuse for at least 24 hours.

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4. Strain out any leaves, buds or petals through a cheesecloth (or, if you don’t have one handy, a coffee filter). Pour the oils and butters into a mixer and whip it on high for a solid half hour, and you’ve got yourself a lovely whipped shea lotion.

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Or, of course, you can skip the above steps and order your little pot of joy by clicking here.

And in case you want a second opinion, here’s one of our favorite bloggers’ opinion of PdJ:

“I LOVE IT SO MUCH. Like, I cannot even express how exceptional it is. I love that it’s a bit rustic, and there are a few little “pieces” in it here and there. It’s so smooth, and smells so amazing, and it’s leaving my skin just amazingly soft. Yes. I love it. I haven’t had a chance to try the soap yet, but they’re GORGEOUS. Really, I’m quite in love with you.”

– Leslie from Crunchy Betty (check her out!)

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2 thoughts on “pot de joie: a lotion recipe

  1. Brenda,
    Hmm…I’m inclined to fuss about a secret recipe. However. You seem nice. πŸ™‚
    Basically, it’s 1 part argan oil, 1 part olive oil, 3 parts shea butter (unrefined) and a sprinkling of cocoa butter shreds. Melt it all down in a crockpot on low, add lavender, calendula and chamomile buds and let infuse for a few days. Heat, strain, cool, add a scoop of kaolin clay and whip to fluffiness. πŸ™‚

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